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Hemingways At Watamu Malindi

Hemingways is a 74 room resort Hotel overlooking the stunning beach of Watamu Marine Park, 20 miles south of Malindi and 60 miles north of Mombasa.

The hotel has a distinctive exclusive, and sophisticated feel about it and is definitely for the more discerning traveller seeking quality, and peace and quiet. You won’t find much entertainment in the evenings apart from live lounge music in the restaurant twice a week and a snake charmer on one occasion in the bar.

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Hemingways Watamu, Malindi Hotels, 5 star hotels in Kenya, Beach Hotels in Malindi,

Hemingways is a 74 room resort Hotel overlooking the stunning beach of Watamu Marine Park, 20 miles south of Malindi and 60 miles north of Mombasa.

The hotel has a distinctive exclusive, and sophisticated feel about it and is definitely for the more discerning traveller seeking quality, and peace and quiet. You won’t find much entertainment in the evenings apart from live lounge music in the restaurant twice a week and a snake charmer on one occasion in the bar.

This is a privately owned hotel, and given the chance to stay, I would take it with both hands. Privately owned hotels are by and large friendlier, and Hemingways has all the facilities and standards of an international five star resort.

When you add to that absolutely brilliant cuisine, the old fashioned courtesy of the staff, with attentive service, and the backdrop of one of the top ten beaches of the world, you have the right mix for a top Holiday, Vacation & Tour.

I think there are just four hotels on as many miles of coast, and all of this is protected and guarded by the finest of tropical barrier reefs.

Hemingways is undoubtedly a delightful five star de luxe hotel, with some very old fashioned unique touches that contain echoes of what this part of the world must have been like before the arrival of the modern package holiday hotel.

Hemingways has character in abundance, and I liked it before I ever got there, when I read about having to buy drinks for the bar if you weren’t dressed properly, and the traditional curry style lunch on a Sunday, all resplendent of Empire, and all that sort of thing!!

We don’t do deep sea fishing, but if you do, then Hemingways will do it better than anywhere else, so I was told by a guest. You can however go dolphin watching, snorkelling, or diving, and a short distance away is a tidal lagoon teeming with bird-life, and the hotel has an Arabic Dhow for sunset cruises at this very interesting spot.

One worthwhile selection is to go on a two day personal safari, with Hemingways own experienced guides, which we chose because we wanted a family ‘taster’ to see if we liked it prior to doing the whole thing next year, and we did!!

Hemingways really is a little bit of paradise in the most beautiful setting imagineable.

There is a range of accommodation, from the cheaper standard rooms which are so close to the sea at high tide, you can almost touch it, and views are out of this world!! They are a little on the small side, and need some modernising, or you can stay in the newly extended rooms over the pool, and they are very spacious and modern. You might just want to push the boat out, and book one of the two bedroom suites, which are of the highest quality.

You cannot fail to be impressed by the service, from well trained, very friendly, and extremely attentive staff. Nothing was too much trouble, they just wanted to please, and the guests in the main responded by saying please and thank you a courtesy not always observed nowadays in hotels!

As much as anything we went for the food, being a very important part of our family Holiday, Vacation & Tour. The menus on Hemingways website didn’t lie!! The food was a total highlight, the food being quite delicious, and most importantly varied, when you stay for two weeks.

There were occasional extensive sumptious buffets, but mostly there was a menu and waiter service in the evenings. You could choose from a set menu of five courses, with at least three choices for each course, which enabled our ‘picky’ son to eat without a murmur!! There was an a la carte menu, but the standard of the set menu was so high we only used it once, and it was superb. My wife just loved the afternoon tea which is part of staying at Hemingways, and not an extra, with pancakes made to order as well as delicious sandwiches and cakes.

Getting to Hemingways might be your only problem, if you fly to Mombasa then you will be shaken to bits over the two hours plus it takes to cover sixty odd miles. If you can, then fly to Malindi.

 

More Than Monuments - Places To See In Richmond

Richmond, Virginia is a city surrounded by history working hard to achieve a good future. Not far from Richmond on the James River is Jamestown, the first settlement in the United States by the British and 30 miles north of Richmond is Williamsburg, start of the Virginia colony.

The American Civil War raged through the heart of Richmond which was the capital of the old South and battlefields, houses, and memories from that time exist around the city still. Richmond has bec...

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Richmond, Virginia is a city surrounded by history working hard to achieve a good future. Not far from Richmond on the James River is Jamestown, the first settlement in the United States by the British and 30 miles north of Richmond is Williamsburg, start of the Virginia colony.

The American Civil War raged through the heart of Richmond which was the capital of the old South and battlefields, houses, and memories from that time exist around the city still. Richmond has become famous for Monument Avenue, a long stretch of highway downtown which features huge stone statues of civil war heroes. Monument Avenue was also a bronze statue of tennis great Arthur Ashe who defeated racial segregation to become one of the premier tennis players in the world and work to ensure racial equality and understanding within the world of professional sports. However Richmond is much more than monuments and flags. It is surrounded by natural treasures.

Maymont Park

Near the center of downtown Richmond is Maymont Park. Once a 100 acre private residence owned by wealthy family named the Dooley's, they donated the entire estate to the people of Richmond for the future of the city. The park features a visitor center with aquatic displays, a children's petting zoo, an Italian garden, amazingly well constructed Japanese garden from two periods of Japanese history, and a horse carriage museum. Amidst all that is a sprawling open park for picnicking and relaxation. Maymont Park is free and open to the public and hosts many events to educate citizenry and visitors on conserving the land and natural resources of central Virginia.

Ginter botanical Gardens

One of the highlights to any trip to Richmond is a trip through the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The sprawling environment features several specialized Gardens including: the four seasons Garden made of indigenous materials and mythical fountains, a healing Garden made of plants used for medicine and medieval healing, a sunken garden designed and shaped like ancient Rome and the Rose Garden framed around a reflecting pool set aside by the many colors of roses available. The Ginter Gardens also feature walkways and an educational center, a horticultural awareness center and a peaceful healing environment for anyone who needs a little rest and beauty in their lives. The Gardens charge a minimal fee for entering and participants can stay as long as they desire.

Cold Harbor Battlefield

Because Civil War history plays so much a part in the Richmond landscape, preserved battle sites and houses can be seen in and around the Richmond area. By far the best preserved is the Cold Harbor Battlefield park. Located on Route 156 slightly south of Mechanicsville, Virginia approximately 25 miles from Richmond, this battlefield features a 1 mile paved walk through the last battlefield the south won on during the Civil War. Place markers show bunkers that have been preserved, Union and Confederate lines and lead to the Garthwright House a structure remaining from the Civil War that was used as a hospital for Union soldiers. Cold Harbor Battlefield offers a peaceful beautiful walk through history.

Among these natural delights is Richmond, a city full of technology, business opportunities with a nod towards its future economic development. Fortunately, with such natural delights and historical emphasis Richmond will never escape its past.

 

Move Over San Miguel De Allende Here I Come - Part II

I thought I would write a follow-up to my column, “Move Over San Miguel de Allende Here I Come”, since this is the only thing, writing, that prevents from committing murderous acts of rage (Just Joking!) As you recall from the previous column, I wrote how I tried to deposit a royalty check from my publisher and was told the check would clear on four different dates. We were shown, last week, on their computer screen that the funds would be available on the 18th of December.
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I thought I would write a follow-up to my column, “Move Over San Miguel de Allende Here I Come”, since this is the only thing, writing, that prevents from committing murderous acts of rage (Just Joking!) As you recall from the previous column, I wrote how I tried to deposit a royalty check from my publisher and was told the check would clear on four different dates. We were shown, last week, on their computer screen that the funds would be available on the 18th of December.

Well, today is the 18th. We marched down to the bank and, of course, in the truest sense of TMO (Typical Mexican Operation) the funds were not available. We went into the bank so I could seize a bank officer and choke him (just kidding!). No, we talked to this guy who thought it cute to mumble at us. He actually told us something entirely new.

He said that “the 18th” did not really mean “the 18th” but it meant sometime after 6 p.m. on the 18th but before mid-night on the 18th and…and…maybe even the 19th.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?

This my dear readers is what we anal-retentive Americans (and “strung-tighter-than-piano wire Germans”) have to deal with when we become expatriates living in Mexico. It would seem, and I could be wrong, that Mexican banks just make up stuff as they go along. There are no policy manuals, procedural steps, no rules, just the “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” way of doing things.

“Qué Será, Será: What ever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see. Qué Será, Será.”

This is exactly how things are done in central México. I have to tell you though, those from other regions of the country are as dumbfounded as I am. They tell me that this region of Mexico is “stuck in time and history.” They are provincial to the point of having been throw into a time loop and cannot escape the temporal hole they’ve been in since the middle ages. Time forgot central Mexico and no one seems to really care to crawl out of this dimensional morass in which they are quagmired.

What are we going to do?

I do not know. But, we are looking to other areas of Mexico that may not be like living in a Latino Twilight Zone.

My fellow American expat said this:

“That what Mexico needs is a Business Manager. These people need a Business Manager in everything that has to do with anything to show them how things work. This is because in all aspects of life, at least in Guanajuato, no one who does anything that has to do with something knows just how it is suppose to work.”

She has no idea what truth she spoke!





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